Parent/Caregiver Resources

At Defend Innocence, we believe that education is important in preventing child sexual abuse.
We offer these free resources to inspire and empower parents and caregivers to protect and teach the children in their lives.


One key way to prevent child sexual abuse is teaching your kids about healthy sexuality. Having accurate information gives your child understanding and power, and you are the best place for them to learn and get answers to their questions. Our materials will help you know what and when to teach your kids about their bodies, relationships, and sexuality, and our easy-to-follow activities will show you how.

Jump-Start Your Conversations

Tips for Teaching Consent

Things to Consider Before Talking About Sexuality


Little Talks to have with your 0- to 2-year-old​

Little Talks to have with your 2- to 5-year-old

Little Talks to have with your 5- to 8-year-old


Little Talks to have with your 9- to 12-year-old​

Little Talks to have with your 13- to 15-year-old

Little Talks to have with your 16- to 18-year-old


Get on the Same Page With Your Child

Kid Chats Part I: Privacy

Kid Chats Part II: Privacy Discussion Guide


Sexual Health Rights and Principles

Dad, Help Me Stay Safe

Mom, Help Me Stay Safe



Giving Your Child a Voice


Sexual abuse occurs when people are silent. Giving your child a voice empowers them to trust how they feel in situations and effectively express their thoughts. Use these materials to teach your kids that they have a say in how they interact with people, especially physically, and that they can come to you with questions and concerns.

Kid Chats Part I: Consent

Kid Chats Part II: Consent Discussion Guide

Don’t Force the Hug


Table Topics Game

Practicing Assertive Communication

3 Ways to be a Better Listener with Your Child


5 Ways to Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem

In Defense of Tattletales: 3 Reasons You Want Your Kid to Tattle



Perpetrator Grooming Patterns


Despite what you may have learned in school, “stranger danger” is not the risk that it’s thought to be. 90 percent of the time a perpetrator of child sexual abuse is a friend, family member, or close acquaintance.
But how do you know if your child is at risk? The following materials will educate you on typical perpetrator grooming patterns so that you know what to look for and how to protect your child.

6 Perpetrator Grooming Patterns

Case Study: A Real-Life Situation to Consider

Thinking About the Case Study


3 Types of Perpetrators and Their Grooming Patterns

6 Perpetrator Grooming Patterns Every Parent Needs to Know

What If Someone’s Interaction with your Child Makes You Uncomfortable?


Kid Chats Part I: Secrets

Kid Chats Part II: Secrets Discussion Guide

Empower Your Circle of Trust


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3 Types of Perpetrators